A Gent's Outlook

A Literary Agent Divulges the TRUTH about Publishing

Monday, September 12, 2005

Wine, Women, and Writing

You know there is nothing like a great bottle of wine or sex or both in the afternoon. Good wine makes my blood boil and even a bad day seem fantastic with sex in the afternoon. Afternoon sex makes one think that they are getting away with something. It’s almost like cheating and many times afternoon sex is—cheating.

Why do writers write? Let’s see, writing is like wine, and sex, too. All three have beginnings, middles and ends but the question was, “Why do writers write?” right? Probably because it’s there—pencil and paper were available—I had time on my hands . . ? No, that’s not it. I think it has to do with recognition—our fear of obscurity, dying with nothing and never having been anybody. We want to be known after we’re gone, not just a name on a hunk of marble. We want to be loved by more than our lovers and our children.

You know something, there’s always the possibility of rejection in life. But rejection is writing and visa versa. In peddling the written word, there seems to much of, “Not for us,” and not enough of, “Gosh you’re great, I’m going to publish your work.”

Sex and wine are much more satisfying. With these great gifts we win more often. As a great philosopher once said, “Even the worst sex I’ve had was wonderful!”

The quest for getting laid and finding a good vintage is mostly magic. Oh there’s always the possibility of rejection, but the beginning, middle, and ending are much more satisfying, don’t you think?


  • At 1:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sammy is a jerk. Anyone who sleeps with all those women and brags is a jerk. All this blog does is talk about sex. And it isn’t very nice that he hates writers so much. What did we ever due to him? What a jerk.

  • At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What did you ever DUE to him? That was supposed to be a joke, right? Tell me you didn't mispell that word without knowing it?
    DUE to him? Are you kidding? I think, Maggie, you are a perfect example of what agents rail against. DUE? DUE?


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